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Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer | [Robert Graysmith]

Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.
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Publisher's Summary

After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder. His first victims were a teenage couple, stalked and shot dead in a lover's lane. After another slaying, he sent his first mocking note to authorities, promising he would kill again. The official tally of his victims was six. The real toll may have reached 50. He was never caught. Graysmith, who was on the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle at the time of the murders, gives this gripping account of Zodiac's reign of terror.

©1976 Robert Graysmith; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Provocative....Bizarre....Graysmith's taut narrative brings the horror back with jolt upon jolt." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Will fascinate true-crime readers." (Library Journal)

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    Carrie Independence, MO, United States 11-07-12
    Carrie Independence, MO, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Very boring and monotone"
    What would have made Zodiac better?

    Story was very hard to follow and narrator was so monotone. Could not make it passed the third chapter


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    George topeka, KS, United States 08-15-12
    George topeka, KS, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I love the true crime stuff..."
    Would you listen to Zodiac again? Why?

    No. This is not a reflection of the story I just don't listen to books twice that often.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I think that the presentation of the narrative was pretty good. The narrators voice matched the subject matter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the part of the story where the zodiac got away from the cops after killing the guy in the taxi cab. CHILLING. This is a close second to the autopsy descripitions. :)


    If you could give Zodiac a new subtitle, what would it be?

    GET THIS...IT REALLY HAPPENED!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Cohoes, NY 07-30-12
    Jen Cohoes, NY 07-30-12
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    "Fascinating beginning, devolves into obsession"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Colorful, thoughtful account that becomes very difficult to listen to when Graysmith becomes completely consumed with this case. I'll have to read the print version because the repetition of ideas towards the end of this gave me a headache. Reading and listening are so different.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Graysmith? Why or why not?

    I would certainly read another book by Robert Graysmith. His take on true crime is absorbing, for the most part. He's a perceptive observer and his passion for the subject elevates the book beyond the sordid standard true crime story.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but would be delighted to listen to him again. He has a very rich voice,


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It is and I did.


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    Geoffrey Tulsa, OK, United States 06-28-12
    Geoffrey Tulsa, OK, United States 06-28-12
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    "The Scarriest Story Ever Told"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Zodiac to be better than the print version?

    The narration is excellent and matches the matter-of-fact, horrifying tone of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story about a killer who sent messages to the press and actually had them published is almost too unbelievable to be true and is even more shocking in our time. The poorly-done movies inspired by Zodiac could never depict the terrifying, graphic nature of the murders which are recreated in disturbing detail in this book. Graysmiith has a matter-of-fact, journalistic approach that makes you feel that you are walking on to a fresh crime scene and investigating the case yourself, without any of the embellishment of a CSI.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it is hard to stop listening and will keep you awake at night -- checking the locks on the doors. Don't listen as you're going to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this one has been the best. Too disturbing to listen too twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Upplands Vasby, Sweden 05-20-12
    Ron Upplands Vasby, Sweden 05-20-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Zodiac is still out there!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed listening to this book while commuting on my bike to work. It really was fascinating remembering the case after all of these years. I thought the book well written and read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very amazing how close the police came to catching Zodiac. Makes you wonder about other crimes that haven'tbeen solved.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time, and I really enjoyed listening.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I remember when the Zodiac killings took place, but living in Michigan at the time, high school student I just thought it was too far away from me. Listening now about what happened and how close the police were to catching him just amazes me.


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    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 01-01-12
    Pam F Forest, VA, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it! Gripping real life suspense."

    Lots of background detail that weren't published during the active investigation of Zodiac. The whole book reads like the best suspense fiction. What makes it truly chilling is that it all actually happened. The narrator is a perfect match for the content. If you love suspense, read this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 11-05-11
    Lorri Garland, TX, United States 11-05-11

    Tanti Lorri

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    "I can't believe I listened to the whole thing!"

    What a let-down. After listening to hours and hours of details on a possible suspect, the author would just say, "I knew it wasn't him," and move on. Then the case he made for who he thinks was the Zodiac is so thin that I wasn't convinced. I was really disappointed. I'm not a detail person in the first place, and to go through all those details and then not have a satisfying conclusion was a real bummer! The narrator was great with his matter of fact low bass voice. He was a perfect match to the material, but even he couldn't make something out of nothing. I don't recommend the book.

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    Kathlene 10-20-11
    Kathlene 10-20-11
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    "Will They Ever Arrest Zodiac?"

    This story is incredible. The author has an inside view to the whole story. Living in California and listening to this, which was going on when I was a kid, gave me the creeps. Highly recommend this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 10-19-11
    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 10-19-11 Member Since 2012

    K. Hoover

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    "Very interesting book."

    I really liked this book. It was informative and interesting. I am a little bit too young to remember the actual events going on but the book lays out the events in enough detail to make them interesting without being boring with too much information. Listening to this book made me want to watch the movie. I realized from the book that there are several movies based on these events, including "Dirty Harry." Overall, a great listen and I would recommend it to anyone interested in true crime stories.

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    RM Simon 10-04-11
    RM Simon 10-04-11
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    "disappointing"

    Barely interesting. It's a long recitation of incidents with no story arc. (I realize it's nonfiction, but it's pretty much just one thing after another.) The narrator has a nice voice but just reads; different characters don't have different voices. I was lured to read the book because I really enjoyed the movie of a few years ago, but it is very different.

    The only reason I'm not rating it 2's overall is that a 2 for me means that I really dislike the book and my response to this was milder than that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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